Holmes MS Weekly Update - 2/23/20

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon, Holmes Families!

I hope that you all have had a wonderful weekend!  Great news: Holmes Middle School is proud to have six students selected to participate in All-VA chorus this year.  They will participate in an event in Richmond at the end of April.  This is a huge honor as more than 1500 students from all over the state submitted recordings to be selected. 

The students are:

Lina Abuelhawa

Jordon Dixon

Jamison McAndrew 

Drew McKenna

Tyler Miller

Madeline Vukich 

Alternate: Alex Ramos 

 

Security Cameras Update

I am excited to announce that the installation of the interior and exterior security cameras began this week and will continue through this week.  Once they are installed and staff are trained, the cameras will be operational and can be used for security and administrative team to investigate incidents.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at mfbarnes@fcps.edu.

 

Edison High School Orientation - February 25th 

For 8th grade students who are attending Edison High School next year and their parents, please see the flyer below for information about their course selection orientation next week.  

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Join the Holmes MS PTA!
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on March 3 for Presidential Primary 

  • FCPS' Safety Tip Line Helps Keep Schools Safe

  • FCPS to Host Free Sessions on Digital Learning and Citizenship

  • SOL Testing Information           

  • VIP Summer Camp Registration Information
  • SCA Presents: G-Love
  • Financial Awareness Workshop for Middle School Parents
  • Community Sensory Day 2020- April 4th
  • Important Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 2/24-2/28

This week:

Mon., 2/24 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd,5th, 7th)

Tues., 2/25 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 1, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 2/26 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 2/28 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 2, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 2/28 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 2/24

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed on March 3 for Presidential Primary

As a reminder, schools will be closed for students on Tuesday, March 3, for the presidential primary election, which will be a school planning day for staff members. Classes will resume on Wednesday, March 4. See the complete 2019-20 school calendar

FCPS' Safety Tip Line Helps Keep Schools Safe

A confidential and anonymous tip line is available to students, staff, parents, and other community members, as part of FCPS' continuing effort to maintain safe schools. Please report school safety issues, such as threats, unsafe or dangerous situations, illegal drug activity, theft, gang activity, existence of weapons, vandalism, and concerns about student wellness. Call 571-423-2020, text TIP FCPS to 888-777, or submit your tip online. Visit the Safety Tip Line webpage for more information. 

Note: If your tip is an emergency and immediate assistance is necessary, please dial 911.

FCPS to Host Free Sessions on Digital Learning and Citizenship

Fairfax County Public Schools students, families, and community members are invited to attend any of five upcoming digital learning and digital citizenship events. All sessions are being held free of charge.

The first session will be held on Tuesday, February 25, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. at Crossfield Elementary School, with the theme Supporting Families in a Digital World: Developing a Healthy Relationship with Technology.

See the complete list of sessions and topics.

SOL Testing Information

The Virginia Department of Education (VDOE) requires that all students in grade 8 take the English Writing Standards of Learning (SOL) Test. The purpose of testing is to provide information about student achievement in several areas of English: Writing. Scores from the test will be used to determine whether students fail to meet standards, are proficient in meeting the standards, or are advanced in the standards.

The test has two components: multiple choice and direct writing. In order to obtain a score your child must complete both components. The English Writing test will be administered: March 10 - 13, 2020.

It will be very helpful if you can avoid appointments which may take your child out of school during this time period. Also, it will help your child perform his or her best if he or she has had a good night's rest, a healthy breakfast, and comes to school with a positive attitude.

VDOE and Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) have an electronic device policy which is to be followed during all SOL testing. To maintain test security, the possession of cell phones or other electronic devices (including wearable technology) in the testing room is prohibited. If a student is discovered with a prohibited electronic device while in a test environment, the student's test will be stopped, the electronic device will be confiscated, and the student will be removed from the test environment. School administrators, consistent with the Acceptable Use Policy and Student Rights & Responsibilities, have authority to search the "item of personal belonging" (e.g., the cell phone or other device, including wearable technology) if it is believed to contain evidence of a violation of school regulations (in this case, cheating). School administrators have the right to apply school-based consequences based upon their investigation of the situation. Please talk to your student about the electronic device policy and the serious consequences of violating it.

A student performance report with your child's scores will be mailed to your home in August.

Should you have any questions or require any fu1iher information about this testing, please contact me at (703) 658-5900 or sagiron@fcps.edu.

Sincerely,

Serena Giron

Director of Student Services

Holmes Middle School

Su hijo estara rindiendo el examen de Redaccion de 8.0 grado Estandares de Aprendizaje (SOL) de Virginia entre el 10 de Marzo y el 13 de Marzo. Es importante que su hijo asista a la escuela estos dias. Les pedimos que, de ser posible, eviten programar viajes o citas que puedan hacer que su hijo se ausente de clases durante este periodo de tiempo. Tambien es importante que su hijo descanse bien la noche anterior y tome un desayuno saludable antes de dar el examen. Si se dan cuenta de que tienen algun conflicto de horario que no puede cambiarse y que podria causar que su hijo falte a uno de los dias de examenes, sirvanse notificarlo a la escuela de su hijo lo antes posible.

El Departamento de Educacion de Virginia (VDOE) requiere que todos los alumnos de 8.0 grado rindan el Examen Estandares de Aprendizaje (SOL) de Redaccion en Ingles. El examen tiene dos componentes: respuesta de seleccion multiple y respuesta de composicion corta. Para poder obtener una puntuacion, su hijo debe completar ambos componentes.

El proposito de los examenes SOL es proporcionarles a los padres, la escuela, la division escolar y el estado informacion sobre los alumnos. En la mayoria de los casos, los padres pueden obtener las resultados de los examenes al final del ano escolar. Cuando estemos mas cerca de esas fechas, recibiran mas informacion sabre como y cuando recibiran la puntuacion que obtuvo su hijo.

Si tienen preguntas sobre las examenes SOL, sirvanse comunicarse con el orientador de su hijo o el coordinador a cargo de los examenes o el encargado de evaluaciones en la escuela de su hijo.

 

Serena Giron

sagiron@fcps.edu

703-658-5900

VIP Summer Camp Registration Information Financial Awareness Workshop for Middle School Parents Community Sensory Day 2020- April 4th Important Dates
  • Wed., 2/26, 7 pm - Band Concert: Pre-assessment #1 (Annandale HS)
  • Tues., 3/3, NO SCHOOL - Student Holiday (Presidential Primary)
  • Wed., 3/4, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee (Topic: Helping Your Student to Resolve Conflict and Manage Emotions)
  • Wed., 3/4, 7:30 pm - Scholastic Art Awards of 2020 (Ernst Cultural Center, Annandale Campus, Northern Virginia Community College)
  • Thurs., 3/5, 5:45 pm - PTA Meeting (Topic: Helping Your Student to Resolve Conflict and Manage Emotions)
  • Thurs., 3/5, 7 pm - Band Concert: Pre-assessment #2
  • Thurs., 3/12, 9-10 am - Rising 6th grade Parent Coffee
  • Thurs., 3/12, 7 pm - Orchestra Concert: Pre-assessment
  • Tues., 3/17, 7 pm - Pyramid Chorus: Pre-assessment (Annandale HS)
  • Thurs., 3/26, 5 pm - Pyramid Art Show (Annandale HS)
How to Stay In-Touch

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Holmes MS Weekly Update - 2/17/20

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon, Holmes Families!

I hope that you and your family have been able to have some time to relax and enjoy the beautiful weather during this long weekend!

As you know, we have planned our parent programming this year based on the feedback you gave us in August about the topics that most interest you.  For the first half of this year, our monthly topics for parents at PTA meetings and parent coffees have been focused around supporting student success (technology tools, organization, course selection, etc.).  We shift our focus now to student safety, beginning with our focus this month on vaping, alcohol, and drugs.  Please visit this link from the FCPS website with important information about vaping/juuling, and join us for our PTA meeting this week where a nurse from the Fairfax County Health Department will be presenting about the topic.

 

Reporting Safety Concerns

Since we are shifting our monthly topics to issues that are related to safety, I want to take this opportunity to thank those members of our community (parents, students, neighbors around the school) for reporting incidents of concern to our administration and counselors.  While we train and expect our staff to be vigilant, to actively supervise, and to immediately report and respond to safety concerns, we know that we cannot be everywhere and see everything, so we rely on reporting from our students and families as well.  Please encourage your student to report concerns to staff immediately, and we ask that you do the same when your student feels more comfortable sharing with you.  For students concerned about approaching staff with other students present, my administrators and I often receive emails and written notes from students reporting information.  Ultimately, our most important role is to establish and maintain and safe learning environment for all students to help them excel at high levels.  We appreciate you working in partnership with us to help us do that.  

 

February PTA Meeting - Thurs., 2/20 (Topic: Vaping)

Please join us for our Holmes MS PTA meeting on February 20th at 6:30 pm.  In addition to presenting PTA business, the meeting will also be another opportunity for parents to hear a similar presentation about vaping, alcohol and drugs to the one we will have at the parent coffee earlier this month.  We hope to see you there for this important information to help keep our students safe.

 

Student Safety: Internet Challenges

Each year, we seem to hear about different challenges that students learn about through social media that are very dangerous and could impact safety (e.g., the cinnamon challenge, Tide pod challenge).  Most recently, we have heard about challenges to stick coins into electrical outlets and to swing their heads back and forth until they pass out.  

As always, please monitor your student's internet and phone usage, know their passwords, and talk to them about what they are seeing.  

 

WIDA Testing

WIDA testing finishes up this week.  Students designated as English Learners participated in the Listening, Reading, and Writing sections last week and will finish with the Speaking portion on one of the three testing days this week (Wednesday through Friday).  

 

Scholastic Art Awards

 

Holmes Middle School is proud to have three students represented in the Scholastic Art Awards exhibition this year! Below are the images of their work. Congratulations to:

  • Emma Khouri,who won a gold key for her short animation:  finalVideo.mov
  • Abdul Mohammed, who won a silver key for his painting, "Nike".
  • Jazlyn Tang, who won a silver key for her painting, "Bucket and Shell".

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Join the Holmes MS PTA!
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Scholastic Art Awards of 2020
  • Super Transition Saturday - February 22nd
  • Edison HS Orientation - February 25th 
  • VIP Summer Camp Registration Information
  • SCA Presents: G-Love
  • Important Dates
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 2/17-2/21

This week:

Mon., 2/17 = NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday

Tues., 2/18 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd,5th, 7th)

Wed., 2/19 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 6, 4th, 6th)

Thurs., 2/20 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Fri., 2/21 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 7, 4th, 6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 2/17

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Super Transition Saturday - February 22nd

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Career and Transition Services (CTS), the FCPS Parent Resource Center, and several Fairfax County adult service providers will host “Super Transition Saturday” from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM at Luther Jackson Middle School. This is a free event for parents/guardians and educators of students of all ages with IEPs. Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary education support, the importance of student self-determination beginning in the elementary years, employment support programs, future planning considerations, such as funding needed for services, and CTS support services that are available to students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond. A highlight of the day is a parent/guardian and student panel representing a range of challenges and successes. Members of the panel will convey personal experiences and answer parent/guardian and student questions from their perspectives of having been through the transition process. This event is for ES, MS, and HS students, families, and school personnel.

Edison HS Orientation to Course Selection VIP Summer Camp Registration Information Important Dates
  • Mon., 2/17 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday
  • Wed., 2/19, 6 pm - NJHS New Member Induction Ceremony
  • Thurs., 2/20, 6:30 pm - Holmes MS PTA Meeting
  • Wed., 2/26, 7 pm - Band Concert: Pre-assessment #1 (Annandale HS)
  • Tues., 3/3, NO SCHOOL - Student Holiday
  • Wed., 3/4, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee
How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

George Mason University Engineering Youth Conference - February 16th

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Holmes MS Weekly Update - 2/9/20

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Principal's Note

Good evening, Holmes Families!

I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend!  Congratulations to all of our students who participated in District Chorus this weekend with Ms. Eddinger!  

 

Rising 6th Grade Parent Coffee - February 10th, 8-9 am 

The first of two parent coffees that we'll have for current 5th grade parents will be tomorrow, February 10th, from 8-9 am.  The next one will be March 12th from 9-10 am.  

 

2nd Quarter Honor Roll

This week, we will celebrate our students who made the honor roll for 2nd quarter!  All students who received all As or all As and Bs will be invited to the cafeteria for a quick treat and celebration tomorrow (Monday, 2/10) during ER-3.  For 3rd quarter, we will have an evening honor roll ceremony for parents to join us, so save the date for the evening of Wednesday, 4/29.  

 

WIDA Testing

WIDA testing begins this week.  About 25% of our students at Holmes will be participating in WIDA testing and will have the opportunity to show their progress. See flyers below for dates and information.  

 

 

February PTA Meeting - Thurs., 2/20

Since our pyramid PTA meeting will be rescheduled (tentatively for Wednesday, March 4th), we will hold a Holmes MS PTA meeting on February 20th at 6:30 pm.  In addition to presenting a slate of officers for the 2020-21 Holmes MS PTA board, the meeting will also be another opportunity for parents to hear a similar presentation about vaping, alcohol and drugs to the one we will have at this week's parent coffee.  

 

Shadow a Student

The Learning Innovation Team (LIT) at Holmes MS will be participating in the nation-wide Shadow a Student challenge during the month of February.  Throughout the year, this team of 12 (names below) has had planning days outside of the building to reflect on the Meaningful Learning Experiences that we are providing for students in the classroom, and we have used those days to plan for our professional learning and work around High Quality Tasks here at Holmes.  This month, we will each be shadowing a student to immerse ourselves in the student experience.  

As the LIT members participate in the Shadow a Student challenge, we will be part of a national community of school leaders clearing our calendars, silencing our walkie-talkies, throwing on sneakers, and immersing ourselves in student life for a day. Our goal is to improve the student experience at our school by better understanding the student perspective.

Once we have permission from individual students and their parents to shadow (your child will bring a permission slip home and they are welcome to decline; the experience is optional), we will be part of your classrooms for a day.  We will be students for the day from the first to the last bell.  Our goal is not to evaluate teachers. Teachers will treat us as you one of their students, including giving us that quiz!  We will also not be there to watch student behavior. We will be sitting at a desk next to them, as one of their peers.  We are doing this because of our commitment to improving the student experience our school.

To learn more about the Shadow a Student Challenge, visit shadowastudent.org.

We look forward to joining this community of educators committed to rethinking the student experience – starting by walking in the shoes of a student. Thanks for your support. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what questions you have!

 

School Board Member Office Hours

Welcome to Dr. Ricardy Anderson, our new school board representative for Mason District!  Dr. Anderson has already made a visit to Holmes in January and will be back for a visit this month.  I am excited to work closely with her to support our students and families.  If you would like an opportunity to talk with Dr. Anderson, please see her community hours below:  

 

Morning Session

February 14, 2020                                         

10 a.m. – noon

Mason District Governmental Center

Main Conference Room

6507 Columbia Pike

Annandale, VA 22003 

 

Evening Session                                        

February 27, 2020

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Columbia Elementary School

Library                                       

6720 Alpine Drive                                     

Annandale, VA 22003

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Join the Holmes MS PTA!
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Academic Advising
  • Middle School Honors Classes
  • Edison HS Orientation - February 25th 
  • Institute for the Arts
  • Early Identification Program Nominations
  • VIP Summer Camp Registration Information
  • FCPS Needs Substitutes!
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • SCA Presents: G-Love
  • Super Transition Saturday - February 22nd
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events (updated calendar coming soon)
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 2/10-2/14

This week:

Mon., 2/10 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 3, 4th, 6th)

Tues., 2/11 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd,5th, 7th)

Wed., 2/12 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 4, 4th, 6th)

Thurs., 2/13 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Fri., 2/14 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 5, 4th, 6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 2/10

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Academic Advising

Academic advising season is here!  

Rising 9th Grade:

Annandale High School counselors met with rising 9th graders on January 16th.  Edison High School counselors will be meeting with rising 9th graders on February 4th.  Also, field trip forms were handed out to rising 9th grade Edison students – please return your form to Mr. Victor Carias to ensure your child can attend.  Over the upcoming weeks, Holmes counselors will meet individually with all students for academic advising and course selection.   

Rising 7th and 8th Grade:

Counselors will begin academic advising classroom lessons through Science classes beginning February 1.  After lessons, counselors will meet individually with all students for academic advising and course selection. Students are encouraged to select courses based on teacher feedback, progress in current courses, academic strengths, and personal interests (please see the attached Honors flyer).  During this time, they will discuss the student’s course selections and answer any questions they may have.  Your student’s course selection document will be coming home with your child during the month of February.  You can also view the information about the courses they selected through a SIS ParentVue account.  Parents, you can login to your Parent Vue account to VIEW course selections at any time, and all changes need to go through the school counselor.   

 

If you do not have a Parent Vue account, please contact Ms. Asma Hindi, aahindi@fcps.edu or call 703-658-5940.

 

The 2020-21 Course Descriptions and Guide can be viewed on the Holmes Middle School Student Services website: https://holmesms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advising

This guide lists the required and elective offerings for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. It is very important to note the grade levels and pre-requisites that are indicated for each course. Each student must register for seven (7) classes: the required five (5) classes including Mathematics, English, Science, History, and Health & Physical education, and a choice of two (2) year-long elective classes, four (4) semester elective classes, OR a combination of one (1) year-long and two (2) semester elective classes. Electives offer opportunities for enrichment, specialization, and exploration. It is necessary to select all the electives in order of preference in case there is a conflict in scheduling.  Please note that a support class for Math or Reading may be prioritized in a students’ schedule based on academic progress.  In this case, a support class will take the place of an elective class.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor with any questions about this process. We look forward to working with you!

Last Name

Counselor

Email

Phone

A-EL

Victor Carias

vacarias@fcps.edu

703-658-5942

Em-L

Bessie Fealey

emfealey@fcps.edu

703-658-5941

M-Q

Kelly Murphy

kwmurphy@fcps.edu

703-658-5911

R-Z

Erika Davis

emdavis1@fcps.edu

703-658-5943

Director of Student Services:  Serena Giron, sagiron@fcps.edu or 703-658-5944

Middle School Honors Classes Edison HS Orientation to Course Selection Institute for the Arts

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

Early Identification Program Nominations

The Early Identification Program (EIP) is a multi-year college preparatory program for students who will be the first in their family to complete a four-year college in the United States.  EIP is a collaboration between Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and George Mason University (GMU).  The EIP is one of four programs that comprise the College Success Program in FCPS.  Students are nominated for the EIP prep program in 7th grade – please note, 7th grade is the only time students can apply for EIP.  

 

*To request that your child be nominated, please contact Mr. Carias (contact information below) at Holmes MS by February 6, 2020. Please see flyer below for additional information.

703-658-5942

vacarias@fcps.edu

VIP Summer Camp Registration Information FCPS Needs Substitutes!

Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Super Transition Saturday - February 22nd

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Career and Transition Services (CTS), the FCPS Parent Resource Center, and several Fairfax County adult service providers will host “Super Transition Saturday” from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM at Luther Jackson Middle School. This is a free event for parents/guardians and educators of students of all ages with IEPs. Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary education support, the importance of student self-determination beginning in the elementary years, employment support programs, future planning considerations, such as funding needed for services, and CTS support services that are available to students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond. A highlight of the day is a parent/guardian and student panel representing a range of challenges and successes. Members of the panel will convey personal experiences and answer parent/guardian and student questions from their perspectives of having been through the transition process. This event is for ES, MS, and HS students, families, and school personnel.

Important Dates
  • Mon., 2/10,8-9 am - Rising 6th Grade Parent Coffee
  • Thurs., 2/13, 5-6 pm - Principal Meet & Greet at Weyanoke ES Family Market
  • Fri., 2/14, 11-1:30 - 8th graders attending Edison HS take field trip to Edison
  • Fri., 2/14, Lunches - Lunch Bunch w/ Mrs. Barnes!
  • Mon., 2/17 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday
  • Wed., 2/19, 6 pm - NJHS New Member Induction Ceremony
  • Thurs., 2/20, 6:30 pm - Holmes MS PTA Meeting
  • Wed., 2/26, 7 pm - Band Concert: Pre-assessment #1 (Annandale HS)
2019-20 Family Engagement Events

Updated calendar coming soon.

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 2/2/20

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Principal's Note

Good evening, Holmes Families!

If you are a football fan, Happy Super Bowl Sunday!  I'm sorry that I didn't get it an update out to you last week.  We had a smooth start to 3rd quarter.  Many students started new elective classes and schedules may have shifted a bit.  If you have any questions about your child's schedule, please be sure to reach out to the counselor.  

 

Parent Coffee - February 5th 

Our February parent coffee will be this Wednesday, February 5th, at 9 am.  Our focus this month will move into student safety, and we will have specialists visiting to share information about vaping, alcohol, and drugs.  I hope that you can join us!

 

SR&R Review - February 6th & 7th 

This week, all students will participate in a review of the Student Rights and Responsibilities through their PE classes on February 6th and 7th.  The beginning of a new semester is always a great time for us to go over expectations that we have for all students to ensure a positive and safe learning environment.  If you have any concerns about your student's experience at Holmes, please reach out to me or one of the assistant principals (Mrs. Moore or Mr. Simmons) to let us know.  

 

Outstanding Secondary Teacher of the Year

As you know, staff members were nominated to be outstanding representatives in different categories (operational employee, professional employee, new teacher, and teacher).  As a reminder, our staff members selected were:

  • Outstanding Teacher: Sloan Waters
  • Outstanding New Teacher: Greg Donitzen
  • Outstanding Professional Employee: Torey Diggs
  • Outstanding Operational Employee: Kelvin Branch

Each school representative for each category goes up the Annandale pyramid selection team for the next round.  I am very excited to announce that Sloan Waters has been selected as the Outstanding Secondary Teacher for all of Annandale Pyramid!  Her name will go up to the Region 2 administrative team for consideration next!

 

February PTA Meeting - Thurs., 2/20

Since our pyramid PTA meeting will be rescheduled (tentatively for Wednesday, March 4th), we will hold a Holmes MS PTA meeting on February 20th at 6:30 pm.  In addition to presenting a slate of officers for the 2020-21 Holmes MS PTA board, the meeting will also be another opportunity for parents to hear a similar presentation about vaping, alcohol and drugs to the one we will have at this week's parent coffee.  

 

Shadow a Student

The Learning Innovation Team (LIT) at Holmes MS will be participating in the nation-wide Shadow a Student challenge during the month of February.  Throughout the year, this team of 12 (names below) has had planning days outside of the building to reflect on the Meaningful Learning Experiences that we are providing for students in the classroom, and we have used those days to plan for our professional learning and work around High Quality Tasks here at Holmes.  This month, we will each be shadowing a student to immerse ourselves in the student experience.  

As the LIT members participate in the Shadow a Student challenge, we will be part of a national community of school leaders clearing our calendars, silencing our walkie-talkies, throwing on sneakers, and immersing ourselves in student life for a day. Our goal is to improve the student experience at our school by better understanding the student perspective.

Once we have permission from individual students and their parents to shadow (your child will bring a permission slip home and they are welcome to decline; the experience is optional), we will be part of your classrooms for a day.  We will be students for the day from the first to the last bell.  Our goal is not to evaluate teachers. Teachers will treat us as you one of their students, including giving us that quiz!  We will also not be there to watch student behavior. We will be sitting at a desk next to them, as one of their peers.  We are doing this because of our commitment to improving the student experience our school.

To learn more about the Shadow a Student Challenge, visit shadowastudent.org.

We look forward to joining this community of educators committed to rethinking the student experience – starting by walking in the shoes of a student. Thanks for your support. Please don’t hesitate to let us know what questions you have!

 

School Board Member Office Hours

Welcome to Dr. Ricardy Anderson, our new school board representative for Mason District!  Dr. Anderson has already made a visit to Holmes in January and will be back for a visit this month.  I am excited to work closely with her to support our students and families.  If you would like an opportunity to talk with Dr. Anderson, please see her community hours below:  

 

Morning Session

February 14, 2020                                         

10 a.m. – noon

Mason District Governmental Center

Main Conference Room

6507 Columbia Pike

Annandale, VA 22003 

 

Evening Session                                        

February 27, 2020

5:30 - 7:30 p.m.

Columbia Elementary School

Library                                       

6720 Alpine Drive                                     

Annandale, VA 22003

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Join the Holmes MS PTA!
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Spring 2020 WIDA Parent Notification Letters
  • Academic Advising
  • Middle School Honors Classes
  • Edison HS Orientation - February 25th 
  • Institute for the Arts
  • Early Identification Program Nominations
  • VIP Summer Camp Registration Information
  • FCPS Needs Substitutes!
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • SCA Presents: G-Love
  • Super Transition Saturday - February 22nd
  • Student Mental Health and Resiliency
  • Registration Starts February 3 for Select FCPS Summer Programs
  • Bring Your Own Bag to Whole Foods to Benefit the Foundation for FCPS
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events (updated calendar coming soon)
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 2/3-2/7

This week:

Mon., 2/3 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues., 2/4 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 1, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 2/5 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 2/6 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 2, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 2/7 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 2/3

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Spring 2020 WIDA Parent Notification Letters Academic Advising

Academic advising season is here!  

Rising 9th Grade:

Annandale High School counselors met with rising 9th graders on January 16th.  Edison High School counselors will be meeting with rising 9th graders on February 4th.  Also, field trip forms were handed out to rising 9th grade Edison students – please return your form to Mr. Victor Carias to ensure your child can attend.  Over the upcoming weeks, Holmes counselors will meet individually with all students for academic advising and course selection.   

Rising 7th and 8th Grade:

Counselors will begin academic advising classroom lessons through Science classes beginning February 1.  After lessons, counselors will meet individually with all students for academic advising and course selection. Students are encouraged to select courses based on teacher feedback, progress in current courses, academic strengths, and personal interests (please see the attached Honors flyer).  During this time, they will discuss the student’s course selections and answer any questions they may have.  Your student’s course selection document will be coming home with your child during the month of February.  You can also view the information about the courses they selected through a SIS ParentVue account.  Parents, you can login to your Parent Vue account to VIEW course selections at any time, and all changes need to go through the school counselor.   

 

If you do not have a Parent Vue account, please contact Ms. Asma Hindi, aahindi@fcps.edu or call 703-658-5940.

 

The 2020-21 Course Descriptions and Guide can be viewed on the Holmes Middle School Student Services website: https://holmesms.fcps.edu/student-services/academic-advising

This guide lists the required and elective offerings for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students. It is very important to note the grade levels and pre-requisites that are indicated for each course. Each student must register for seven (7) classes: the required five (5) classes including Mathematics, English, Science, History, and Health & Physical education, and a choice of two (2) year-long elective classes, four (4) semester elective classes, OR a combination of one (1) year-long and two (2) semester elective classes. Electives offer opportunities for enrichment, specialization, and exploration. It is necessary to select all the electives in order of preference in case there is a conflict in scheduling.  Please note that a support class for Math or Reading may be prioritized in a students’ schedule based on academic progress.  In this case, a support class will take the place of an elective class.

Please do not hesitate to contact your child’s counselor with any questions about this process. We look forward to working with you!

Last Name

Counselor

Email

Phone

A-EL

Victor Carias

vacarias@fcps.edu

703-658-5942

Em-L

Bessie Fealey

emfealey@fcps.edu

703-658-5941

M-Q

Kelly Murphy

kwmurphy@fcps.edu

703-658-5911

R-Z

Erika Davis

emdavis1@fcps.edu

703-658-5943

Director of Student Services:  Serena Giron, sagiron@fcps.edu or 703-658-5944

Middle School Honors Classes Edison HS Orientation to Course Selection Institute for the Arts

Do you have a child interested in the Arts? Don’t miss out on registering for Fairfax County’s Institute for the Arts starting on February 3rd!  Classes are first come first serve!

Visit the FCPS IFTA website at: https://www.fcps.edu/academics/summer-learning-programs/camps-and-institutes-institute-arts-ifta

or follow IFTA on social media! 

Early Identification Program Nominations

The Early Identification Program (EIP) is a multi-year college preparatory program for students who will be the first in their family to complete a four-year college in the United States.  EIP is a collaboration between Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) and George Mason University (GMU).  The EIP is one of four programs that comprise the College Success Program in FCPS.  Students are nominated for the EIP prep program in 7th grade – please note, 7th grade is the only time students can apply for EIP.  

 

*To request that your child be nominated, please contact Mr. Carias (contact information below) at Holmes MS by February 6, 2020. Please see flyer below for additional information.

703-658-5942

vacarias@fcps.edu

VIP Summer Camp Registration Information FCPS Needs Substitutes!

Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Super Transition Saturday - February 22nd

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Career and Transition Services (CTS), the FCPS Parent Resource Center, and several Fairfax County adult service providers will host “Super Transition Saturday” from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM at Luther Jackson Middle School. This is a free event for parents/guardians and educators of students of all ages with IEPs. Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary education support, the importance of student self-determination beginning in the elementary years, employment support programs, future planning considerations, such as funding needed for services, and CTS support services that are available to students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond. A highlight of the day is a parent/guardian and student panel representing a range of challenges and successes. Members of the panel will convey personal experiences and answer parent/guardian and student questions from their perspectives of having been through the transition process. This event is for ES, MS, and HS students, families, and school personnel.

Student Mental Health and Resiliency

Many students struggle with emotional and behavioral issues that can affect their learning and overall wellness. If you have any concerns about anxiety, peer relationship problems, depression, or other social and emotional issues your child may be experiencing, please contact your school psychologist, school social worker, or school counselor. They are available for consultation and support.

Visit the Mental Health and Resiliency and Student Wellness: Tips and Strategies web pages to learn about mental health resources and fostering resiliency in your child. 

Registration Starts February 3 for Select FCPS Summer Programs

Registration starts on Monday, February 3, for the following FCPS summer programs: CTE Summer Academy, Elementary Institute for the Arts, Institute for the Arts, Tech Adventure Camp, and CTE Summer Career Academy. Students should register for programs based on the grade they are in during the current 2019-20 school year.

Details including program dates, tuition, and registration information will be posted as they become available on the FCPS Summer Learning webpage.  

Bring Your Own Bag to Whole Foods to Benefit the Foundation for FCPS

From now until June 30, the Foundation for FCPS, a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, will benefit from Whole Foods’ Nickels for Non-Profits, a community giving program. Every time you bring your own shopping bag to the Fair Lakes, McLean, Springfield, Tysons Corner, and Vienna stores, Whole Foods will donate a nickel to the Foundation. The goal of the program is to reduce the use of new bags, while increasing funding for a local non-profit.

Learn more about the Foundation for FCPS

Important Dates
  • Tues., 2/4, 9:15 am - Edison HS counselors visit Holmes to meet with 8th graders who will attending Edison HS in 2020-21 school year
  • Wed., 2/5, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee - Theme: Vaping, Alcohol, & Drugs
  • Mon., 2/10, 9-10 am - Rising 6th Grade Parent Coffee
  • Thurs., 2/13, 5-6 pm - Principal Meet & Greet at Weyanoke ES Family Market
  • Fri., 2/14, 11-1:30 - 8th graders attending Edison HS take field trip to Edison
  • Fri., 2/14, Lunches - Lunch Bunch w/ Mrs. Barnes!
  • Wed., 2/19, 6 pm - NJHS New Member Induction Ceremony
  • Thurs., 2/20, 6:30 pm - Holmes MS PTA Meeting
  • Mon., 2/17 - NO SCHOOL - President's Day Holiday
2019-20 Family Engagement Events

Updated calendar coming soon.

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 1/20/20

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Principal's Note

Good evening, Holmes Families!

I hope that you enjoyed the long weekend and had some opportunity to reflect on the work and words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., even if just for a moment.  I also saw many great examples of people engaging in service today throughout our community.  

Thank you for the great turnout at Curriculum Night last Thursday!  If you missed it, feel free to reach out to your student's counselor to address any questions that you have about course selection for next year.  Ms. Giron, our Director of Student Services, and I are also available to answer questions that you may have.  

 

End of 2nd quarter

Just one more week of 2nd quarter!  As we did 1st quarter, students will have the opportunity to earn free time during our 2nd quarter Activity Period on Friday, January 24th.  Students who exhibit positive behavior and consistently arrive to class on time will be permitted to participate.  Friday will still be a blue day, but the schedule will be altered slightly to make time for Activity Day at the end of the day.  

 

Security Cameras Survey Closes Friday 1/24

Just a reminder that this is the last week to let me know your feedback about the plan for the installation of security cameras through this survey, which will be open until the end of the day on Friday, January 24th.  

Students also have access to a survey on each grade level Google Classroom site.  I would encourage you to have a conversation with your student about the plan, and feel free to share the full letter that I sent to parents with your student as well.  

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Join the Holmes MS PTA!
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • VIP Summer Camp Registration Information
  • Free School and Sports Physicals and George Mason University Clinics
  • FCPS Needs Substitutes!
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • SCA Presents: G-Love
  • Super Transition Saturday - February 22nd
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events (updated calendar coming soon)
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 1/20-1/24

This week:

Mon., 1/20 = NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)

Tues.,1/21 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 4, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 1/22 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 1/23 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 5, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 1/24 = Blue Day (Altered Schedule for Activity Day: 1st, 3rd, 7th, 5th, Activity Period)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 1/20

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

VIP Summer Camp Registration Information Free School and Sports Physicals at George Mason University Clinics FCPS Needs Substitutes!

Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Edison HS Orientation to Course Selection Super Transition Saturday - February 22nd

On Saturday, February 22, 2020, Career and Transition Services (CTS), the FCPS Parent Resource Center, and several Fairfax County adult service providers will host “Super Transition Saturday” from 9:00 AM to 12:15 PM at Luther Jackson Middle School. This is a free event for parents/guardians and educators of students of all ages with IEPs. Breakout sessions will cover postsecondary education support, the importance of student self-determination beginning in the elementary years, employment support programs, future planning considerations, such as funding needed for services, and CTS support services that are available to students as they progress through the secondary years toward graduation and beyond. A highlight of the day is a parent/guardian and student panel representing a range of challenges and successes. Members of the panel will convey personal experiences and answer parent/guardian and student questions from their perspectives of having been through the transition process. This event is for ES, MS, and HS students, families, and school personnel.

Important Dates
  • Mon., 1/20 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)
  • Fri., 1/24 - Last day of 2nd quarter / 2nd Quarter Activity Period 
  • Mon., 1/27 & Tues., 1/28 - TEACHER WORKDAYS / STUDENT HOLIDAYS
  • Wed., 2/5, 9-10 am - Parent Coffee - Theme: Vaping, Alcohol, & Drugs
2019-20 Family Engagement Events

Updated calendar coming soon.

How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 1/12/20

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Principal's Note

Good evening, Holmes Families!

I hope that you enjoyed the beautiful weather this weekend!  

This month begins the academic advising process for all of our students to help them select their courses for the 2020-21 school year!  Please plan to join us for our Curriculum Night this Thursday, January 16th (scroll down for flyers with more details), one of our most highly attended events of the school year, to learn more about how to help your child select their courses for next year.  As a bit of a boost to support you, the focus of our parent coffee on January 15th (9 am) and our PTA meeting on January 16th (5:30 pm) will be about helping your student plan for the future.  Course selection can be an important part of that planning.  

For parents of 8th graders who will be attending Annandale High School next year, scroll down in the newsletter for detailed information about a parent night scheduled for Wednesday, 1/15/20, at 7:00 pm.

 

End of 2nd quarter

We have just 2 weeks of 2nd quarter remaining!  As we did 1st quarter, students will have the opportunity to earn free time during our 2nd quarter Activity Period on Friday, January 24th.  Students who exhibit positive behavior and consistently arrive to class on time will be permitted to participate.  

 

Security Cameras

Last week, I sent an email to all parents detailing the plan and rationale for the installation of security cameras at Holmes Middle School.  Please let me know your feedback about the plan through this survey, which will be open until the end of the day on Friday, January 24th.  I will also be available to answer questions that parents have about the camera installation at the parent coffee on Wednesday, January 15th, at 9 am, and at the PTA meeting on Thursday, January 16th, at 5:30 pm.  If you cannot attend either meeting, please feel free to contact me by email with any questions that you have.  

Students also have access to a survey on each grade level Google Classroom site.  I would encourage you to have a conversation with your student about the plan, and feel free to share the full letter that I sent to parents with your student as well.  

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Join the Holmes MS PTA!
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • 8th Grade Parents Night at Annandale High School - 1/15/20
  • Capital Coders Applications
  • Free School and Sports Physicals and George Mason University Clinics
  • FCPS Needs Substitutes!
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 1/13-1/17

This week:

Mon., 1/13 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues.,1/14 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 2, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 1/15 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs., 1/16 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 3, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 1/17 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 1/13

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

8th Grade Parents Night - Annandale High School - 1/15/20 Capital Coders Applications - Spring 2020

Capital One Coders Program is a special 10-week coding curriculum for middle school students. The Capital One Coders Middle School Initiative supports students as they learn how to develop apps for mobile devices using App Inventor blocks-based programming language. Led by Capital One volunteers, hundreds of young students gain exposure to software engineering principles and practices.

     25 Holmes students will have the opportunity to get hands on experience learning software development, problem solving, and even develop their own app.  If you are interested and committed to meet every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 PM for the entire 10-week program (from February 13th through April 29th), Please sign into your fcpsschools.net email accounts and fill out the application linked below.  The deadline for all submissions is 3 PM on Friday, January 17th.

     Students who have applied and were not accepted in the past are encouraged to reapply. Students who have participated in this program in the past will not be eligible to participate in the Spring session.

Capital Coders Application Spring 2020

 

Free School and Sports Physicals at George Mason University Clinics FCPS Needs Substitutes!

Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Important Dates
  • Wed., 1/15, 9-10 am- Parent Coffee - Theme: Helping Students Plan for the Future (College & Careers)
  • Wed., 1/15, 7 pm - 8th Grade Parents Night, Annandale High School
  • Thurs., 1/16 (AM) - Annandale High School (AHS) counselors visit Holmes to meet with 8th graders who will attend AHS in 2020-21
  • Thurs., 1/16, 5:30 pm - PTA Meeting (Topic: Planning for the Future with your Student)
  • Thurs., 1/16, 6:30-8 pm - Curriculum Night (information to help rising 6th, 7th, & 8th grade parents support students with course selection for 2020-21 school year)
  • Mon., 1/20 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)
  • Fri., 1/24 - Last day of 2nd quarter / 2nd Quarter Activity Period 
  • Mon., 1/27 & Tues., 1/28 - TEACHER WORKDAYS / STUDENT HOLIDAYS
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 1/5/19

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Principal's Note

Good evening and Happy New Year, Holmes Families!

I hope that you all had a relaxing winter break and had an opportunity to spend time with friends and/or family.  We are excited to get back to school tomorrow and see students and staff after some much-needed time off!

This month begins the academic advising process for all of our students to help them select their courses for the 2020-21 school year!  Please plan to join us for our Curriculum Night on Thursday, January 16th (scroll down for flyers with more details), one of our most highly attended events of the school year, to learn more about how to help your child select their courses for next year.  As a bit of a boost to support you, the focus of our parent coffee on January 15th (9 am) and our PTA meeting on January 16th (5:30 pm) will be about helping your student plan for the future.  Course selection can be an important part of that planning.  

 

End of 2nd quarter

We have just 3 weeks of 2nd quarter remaining!  As we did 1st quarter, students will have the opportunity to earn free time during our 2nd quarter Activity Period on Friday, January 24th.  Students who exhibit positive behavior and consistently arrive to class on time will be permitted to participate.  

 

Mr. Simmons out this month

Due to the recent birth of his son, Mr. Simmons, Assistant Principal for students' whose last names end in M-Z, will be out on paternity leave for the month of January.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your student's counselor, and he or she will direct your concern to the appropriate staff member.  

 

IOWA Test

Our 6th graders taking Math 6 Advanced will be taking the IOWA test in the next couple of weeks.  As required by Fairfax County Public Schools, this is one step that students in Math 6 Advanced take to determine their eligibility to take Algebra Honors in 7th grade.  In addition to scoring at a certain level on the IOWA test to be eligible, students must also score a Pass Advanced (500 or above) on the Math 7 SOL in the Spring.  Parents of students in Math 6 advanced will receive communication from our Student Services Department once we receive the IOWA scores in a couple of months.

 

Outstanding Employees

Thank you for nominating our Outstanding Employees for this year!  We received the most nominations that we ever have!  The following staff members have been selected to go to the next round in each category:

  • Outstanding Teacher of the Year: Ms. Sloan Waters (7th grade History) 
  • Outstanding New Teacher of the Year (fewer than 3 years experience): Mr. Greg Donitzen (7th grade Science)
  • Outstanding Professional Employee of the Year: Mr. Torey Diggs (School Based Technology Specialist)
  • Outstanding Operational Employee of the Year: Mr. Kelvin Branch (Instructional Assistant)

Congratulations to these staff members!

 

Security Cameras

I am very excited to share that the FCPS School Board has approved for Holmes Middle School (along with a number of other middle schools) to receive interior and exterior security cameras by the end of this school year.  As part of the process, I will be sending a letter with more details to all families in the next week or so and will follow up with an electronic survey.  I will also be available to answer questions that parents have about the camera installation at the parent coffee on Wednesday, January 15th, at 9 am, and at the PTA meeting on Thursday, January 16th, at 6:30 pm.  If you cannot attend either meeting, please feel free to contact me by email with any questions that you have.  

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Join the Holmes MS PTA!
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Capital Coders Applications
  • Free School and Sports Physicals and George Mason University Clinics
  • FCPS Needs Substitutes!
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 1/6-1/10

This week:

Mon., 1/6 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 6, 4th, 6th)

Tues.,1/7 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Wed., 1/8 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 7, 4th, 6th)

Thurs., 1/9 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Fri., 1/10 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 1, 4th, 6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 1/6

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Capital Coders Applications - Spring 2020

Capital One Coders Program is a special 10-week coding curriculum for middle school students. The Capital One Coders Middle School Initiative supports students as they learn how to develop apps for mobile devices using App Inventor blocks-based programming language. Led by Capital One volunteers, hundreds of young students gain exposure to software engineering principles and practices.

     25 Holmes students will have the opportunity to get hands on experience learning software development, problem solving, and even develop their own app.  If you are interested and committed to meet every Wednesday from 2:30-4:30 PM for the entire 10-week program (from February 13th through April 29th), Please sign into your fcpsschools.net email accounts and fill out the application linked below.  The deadline for all submissions is 3 PM on Friday, January 17th.

     Students who have applied and were not accepted in the past are encouraged to reapply. Students who have participated in this program in the past will not be eligible to participate in the Spring session.

Capital Coders Application Spring 2020

 

Free School and Sports Physicals at George Mason University Clinics FCPS Needs Substitutes!

Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Important Dates
  • Wed., 1/15, 9-10 am- Parent Coffee - Theme: Helping Students Plan for the Future (College & Careers)
  • Thurs., 1/16 (AM) - Annandale High School (AHS) counselors visit Holmes to meet with 8th graders who will attend AHS in 2020-21
  • Thurs., 1/16, 5:30 pm - PTA Meeting (Topic: Planning for the Future with your Student)
  • Thurs., 1/16, 6:30-8 pm - Curriculum Night (information to help rising 6th, 7th, & 8th grade parents support students with course selection for 2020-21 school year)
  • Mon., 1/20 - NO SCHOOL (Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday)
  • Fri., 1/24 - Last day of 2nd quarter / 2nd Quarter Activity Period 
  • Mon., 1/27 & Tues., 1/28 - TEACHER WORKDAYS / STUDENT HOLIDAYS
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

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Holmes MS Weekly Update - 12/15/19

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Principal's Note

Good afternoon and Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

We are in the home stretch before Winter Break, and we have a busy week ahead of us!  First, congratulations to our first team of Capital One Coders (pictured above) for the 2019-20 school year!  This past Thursday night, these students presented the apps the created at the Capital One Headquarters in McLean and heard from a very special speaker, professional soccer player, Kelley O'Hara!  We are excited for our next round of students to participate.  Stay tuned for application information in January!

Thursday night was also our winter chorus concert...congratulations to our students on their performance!  Thank you to all of our parents, students, and staff who also supported our library by making a purchase from the book fair!

 

Up this week:

  • Our winter orchestra concert is this Tuesday, December 17th, at 7 pm. 
  • Wednesday, December 18th, is our WinterFest organized by our students in the SCA!  Eligible students purchased tickets last week during lunches.  Please note that there are no other after school activities on Wednesday
  • The winter band concert is Thursday, December 19th, at 7 pm. 
  • On Friday, we'll be holding a winter music assembly for students and staff the last period of the day.  5th graders from Bren Mar Park, Columbia, North Springfield, Parklawn, and Weyanoke will be joining us!  
  • There will be no after school program on Friday, December 20th.  All students will be dismissed at 2:15  

National Junior Honor Society (NJHS)

Students who are eligible to apply for NJHS and their parents were emailed this past week.  An information session will be held this Tuesday, 12/17, during ER-4.  Applications are due January 8th.  Scroll down later in the newsletter for more details about NJHS.  

Winter Break Reminder

This is just a reminder that there is no school from December 23rd - January 3rd.  Students will return to school on Monday, January 6th, 2020.  There will be no parent update on December 22nd or 29th.  The next parent update will be on Sunday, January 5th, 2020.  Have a very happy holiday season! 

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Join the Holmes MS PTA!
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • SCA Winter Dance - 12/18
  • National Junior Honor Society
  • FCPS Needs Substitutes!
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • Important Dates
  • SAVE THE DATE: Curriculum Night - 1/16/20
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 12/16-12/20

This week:

Mon., 12/16 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues.,12/17 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 4, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 12/18 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs.,12/19 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 5, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 12/20 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 12/16

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

SCA Winter Dance - 12/18

We are excited for our SCA Winter Dance coming up in December!  This is another great opportunity for us to celebrate our students' positive behavior!  Students who have demonstrated good attendance and behavior in November and December will be eligible to purchase tickets for this dance.  

We are looking for chaperone volunteers for the dance.  If you would like to sign-up to volunteer please do so by clicking here.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Cho or Ms. Aiello.

National Junior Honor Society “NJHS”

National Junior Honor Society “NJHS” is an organization of the world’s highest achieving middle level students... a distinction students have been proudly adding to their résumés since 1929. There is only one National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and it provides an outstanding opportunity for students to grow with academically accomplished peers who are sharpening the habits needed for success in high school and beyond. Membership is determined based on scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership, and service.

Application is by invitation only. Holmes will receive a cumulative GPA report at the end of November. Students whose GPAs meet the minimum requirement, and who do not have a record of disciplinary infractions, will be invited to an information session during the school day on December 17, 2019.

The online application process for students includes:

  • Cumulative GPA average over 3.5
  • demonstrated leadership skills/activities
  • 10+ verified community service hours (in x2Vol)
  • a statement of intent/essay
  • two teacher recommendations (one required from a core subject)

Students invited to attend the information session will receive an email invitation from the Principal letting them know. We will have a short presentation, and take a few minutes for Q&A. The timeline for applications will be discussed. We ask that students, not parents, complete the application.

FCPS Needs Substitutes!

Click HERE for more information if you are interested.

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

SAVE THE DATE: Curriculum Night - 1/16/20 Important Dates
  • Tues., 12/17, 7 pm - Winter Orchestra Concert
  • Wed., 12/18 - Afterschool - SCA Winter Dance
  • Tues., 12/19, 7 pm - Winter Band Concert
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
  • Thurs., 1/16, 5:30 pm - PTA (Topic: Planning for the Future with your Student)
  • Thurs., 1/16, 6:30-8 pm - Curriculum Night (information to help rising 6th, 7th, & 8th grade parents support students with course selection for 2020-21 school year)
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 12/9/19

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Principal's Note

Good morning, Holmes Families!

My apologies for not getting this update out to you yesterday!  I hope that you all had a wonderful weekend! 

Congratulations to the students who were in our cast and crew of Annie, Jr.!  They had 3 great shows last week, showing off all of their hard work.  Thank you to all of our teachers who supported the show:  Ms. Murphy, Ms. Eddinger, Mr. Wood, Mr. Hutto, and Ms. Fealey.  And a VERY special thank you to Ms. Faraldi not only for the show but for being a great long-term substitute for Ms. Murphy since the beginning of the year.  Ms. Faraldi will be at Holmes through December 20th, and will then begin her new full-time position as a Theater teacher at Liberty Middle School in January!  

Congratulations to our students - Oliver Aminoff & Tyler Perez - for making District Band!!

We have 2 evening events this week:

  • The Holmes MS PTA's Dine-out-night fundraiser for this month is at the Chick-Fil-A on Backlick Road in Springfield is tomorrow night (Tuesday, 12/10).  I'll send a reminder tomorrow with the specific times, but I believe it is from 5-9 pm.
  • Our winter chorus concert is this Thursday, December 12th, at 7 pm.  The Book Fair will be open that evening before and after the concert for parents to purchase items.

 

Annandale HS IB Parents Night - Tuesday, December 10th

Attention all 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th Grade Students and Parents interested in learning more about the IB Middle Years and Diploma Programs at Annandale High School:

Want to receive a world class international education for free?  Want to earn college credit for your high school classes? You are cordially invited to attend IB Information Night on Tuesday, December 10, 2019 from 7:00-8:30 PM in Clausen Hall at Annandale High School!  Come hear about the IB MYP Personal Project and certificate as well as the IB Diploma requirements and course sequencing.  Current students will be speaking to the rigor and benefits of this outstanding program!  Whether you want to pursue the full diploma or just take a single course this is a great night to be exposed to the IB program offerings for 11th and 12th graders and discover more about the MYP for underclassmen.  If you are unable to attend, please stop by the IB Open House to get your questions answered on December 16th  or January 22nd anytime between 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM in the IB Office (located in the library).  If any of the above dates are not convenient please reach out to us to set up an appointment.  Contact Linda Bradshaw, IB DP Coordinator (grades 11-12) at (703) 642-4236 (lmbradshaw@fcps.edu)  or Meagan Padgett, IB MYP Coordinator (grades 9-10) at (703) 642-4237 (mapadgett@fcps.edu).

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13
  • SCA Winter Dance - 12/18
  • National Junior Honor Society “NJHS”
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • Important Dates
  • SAVE THE DATE: Curriculum Night - 1/16/20
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 12/9-12/13

This week:

Mon., 12/9 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 1, 4th, 6th)

Tues.,12/10 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Wed., 12/11 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 2, 4th, 6th)

Thurs.,12/12 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Fri., 12/13 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 3, 4th, 6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 12/8 - Schedule to be sent tomorrow

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13

Save the Date! The Holmes MS book fair will begin on December 2nd! Students will have a chance to visit during the school day with their English classes and the book fair will be open for most of the evening performances through December 13th. 

The book fair is a great opportunity to help support the library, every dollar spent helps the library earn funds to purchase more books. Support the library and knock out some of that holiday shopping!

All forms of payment are accepted. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please email Ms. Haywood

SCA Winter Dance - 12/18

We are excited for our SCA Winter Dance coming up in December!  This is another great opportunity for us to celebrate our students' positive behavior!  Students who have demonstrated good attendance and behavior in November and December will be eligible to purchase tickets for this dance.  

We are looking for chaperone volunteers for the dance.  If you would like to sign-up to volunteer please do so by clicking here.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Cho or Ms. Aiello.

National Junior Honor Society “NJHS”

National Junior Honor Society “NJHS” is an organization of the world’s highest achieving middle level students... a distinction students have been proudly adding to their résumés since 1929. There is only one National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and it provides an outstanding opportunity for students to grow with academically accomplished peers who are sharpening the habits needed for success in high school and beyond. Membership is determined based on scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership, and service.

Application is by invitation only. Holmes will receive a cumulative GPA report at the end of November. Students whose GPAs meet the minimum requirement, and who do not have a record of disciplinary infractions, will be invited to an information session during the school day on December 17, 2019.

The online application process for students includes:

  • Cumulative GPA average over 3.5
  • demonstrated leadership skills/activities
  • 10+ verified community service hours (in x2Vol)
  • a statement of intent/essay
  • two teacher recommendations (one required from a core subject)

 

Students invited to attend the information session will receive an email invitation from the Principal letting them know. We will have a short presentation, and take a few minutes for Q&A. The timeline for applications will be discussed. We ask that students, not parents, complete the application.

 

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

SAVE THE DATE: Curriculum Night - 1/16/20 Important Dates
  • Thurs., 12/12, 7 pm - Winter Chorus Concert
  • Tues., 12/17, 7 pm - Winter Orchestra Concert
  • Wed., 12/18 - Afterschool - SCA Winter Dance
  • Tues., 12/19, 7 pm - Winter Band Concert
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
  • Thurs., 1/16, 5:30 pm - PTA (Topic: Planning for the Future with your Student)
  • Thurs., 1/16, 6:30-8 pm - Curriculum Night (information to help rising 6th, 7th, & 8th grade parents support students with course selection for 2020-21 school year)
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 12/1/19

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Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

Principal's Note

Good evening & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

I hope that you all had a wonderful Thanksgiving and that you have made it back safely home if you traveled.  It is hard to believe that it is December 1st, and we have just 3 weeks of school until our next break!  

This month begins our focus on Mental Wellness & Resiliency for students.  Come join us at our parent coffee this Wednesday morning, December 4th, at 9:00 am to hear from our counselors, school psychologist, and school social worker to learn more about how to support your student proactively with mental wellness, how to recognize concerns, and access local resources when needed.  This week, I will also be back at the Bren Mar Park Elementary School Family market on Thursday evening from 4:30 to 5:30 and will share resources there if you aren't able to make the parent coffee.  

Last but not least, a few performing arts announcements:

  • Please join us this weekend for our musical production of Annie, Jr.!  See the flyer below for details.  
  • Please note the change in the date for the Winter Band concert, which is moving from this Tuesday evening, December 3rd, to Thursday evening, December 19th.  
HMS Theatre Presents: Annie, Jr.! - 12/5-12/7

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13
  • HMS Theatre Presents: Annie, Jr.! - 12/5-12/7
  • SCA Winter Dance - 12/18
  • National Junior Honor Society “NJHS”
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 12/2-12/6

This week:

Mon., 12/2 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues.,12/3 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 6, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 12/4 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Thurs.,12/5 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 6, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 12/6 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 12/2 - Schedule to be sent tomorrow

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13

Save the Date! The Holmes MS book fair will begin on December 2nd! Students will have a chance to visit during the school day with their English classes and the book fair will be open for most of the evening performances through December 13th. 

The book fair is a great opportunity to help support the library, every dollar spent helps the library earn funds to purchase more books. Support the library and knock out some of that holiday shopping!

All forms of payment are accepted. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please email Ms. Haywood

SCA Winter Dance - 12/18

We are excited for our SCA Winter Dance coming up in December!  This is another great opportunity for us to celebrate our students' positive behavior!  Students who have demonstrated good attendance and behavior in November and December will be eligible to purchase tickets for this dance.  

We are looking for chaperone volunteers for the dance.  If you would like to sign-up to volunteer please do so by clicking here.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Cho or Ms. Aiello.

National Junior Honor Society “NJHS”

National Junior Honor Society “NJHS” is an organization of the world’s highest achieving middle level students... a distinction students have been proudly adding to their résumés since 1929. There is only one National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and it provides an outstanding opportunity for students to grow with academically accomplished peers who are sharpening the habits needed for success in high school and beyond. Membership is determined based on scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership, and service.

Application is by invitation only. Holmes will receive a cumulative GPA report at the end of November. Students whose GPAs meet the minimum requirement, and who do not have a record of disciplinary infractions, will be invited to an information session during the school day on December 17, 2019.

The online application process for students includes:

  • Cumulative GPA average over 3.5
  • demonstrated leadership skills/activities
  • 10+ verified community service hours (in x2Vol)
  • a statement of intent/essay
  • two teacher recommendations (one required from a core subject)

 

Students invited to attend the information session will receive an email invitation from the Principal letting them know. We will have a short presentation, and take a few minutes for Q&A. The timeline for applications will be discussed. We ask that students, not parents, complete the application.

 

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Important Dates
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Mon., 12/2 - Fri., 12/13 - Holmes MS Book Fair
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Thurs., 12/5, 4:30-5:30 pm - Principal Meet & Greet at Bren Mar Park Family Market
  • Thurs., 12/5-Sat. 12/7, 7 pm - Holmes Theater Department presents Annie, Jr.!
  • Thurs., 12/12, 7 pm - Winter Chorus Concert
  • Tues., 12/17, 7 pm - Winter Orchestra Concert
  • Wed., 12/18 - Afterschool - SCA Winter Dance
  • Tues., 12/19, 7 pm - Winter Band Concert
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 11/25/19

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Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed November 27-29 for Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed November 27-29 for Thanksgiving break. Please note that like last year, Wednesday, November 27, is a holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

Have you joined the Holmes MS PTA?

Your membership supports teacher appreciation and grants for teachers to provide unique programs for students!  Join HERE today!

Principal's Note

Good evening & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Thank you to everyone who submitted nominations for Outstanding Employees!  It is time to vote for a representative from Holmes in each category.  To vote, you can access the voting form here.  Voting is open through the end of the day Tuesday, November 26.

Since it is a short week this week, I will keep my note short as well.  Thank you all so much for the support that you provide to our staff and students.  Thank you for entrusting me and my staff with the responsibility of caring for and teaching your students every day.  It brings us great joy to be a part of your student's education!  Have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and I hope you can enjoy the long weekend!

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Congratulations to Holmes MS Students Accepted into District Chorus!!
  • Menstrual Equity Initiative
  • Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13
  • HMS Theatre Presents: Annie, Jr.! - 12/5-12/7
  • SCA Winter Dance - 12/18
  • National Junior Honor Society “NJHS”
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 11/25-11/29

This week:

Mon., 11/25 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Tues.,11/26 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 5, 4th, 6th)

Wed., 11/27 = NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

Thurs.,11/28 = NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

Fri., 11/29 = NO SCHOOL/Thanksgiving Break

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 11/25

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Congratulations to Holmes MS Students Accepted into District Chorus!!

Chorus students auditioned to participate in the District X Honors Choir which happens in February.  Out of the 400 students from around the District who auditioned, the following Holmes students were chosen to participate.  Congratulations to the students below for being selected!

Sopranos:

  • Ashley Cruz Rivera
  • Cassandra Dosch
  • Danielle Hoye
  • Alivia Leavitt
  • Isabella Melchior
  • Madeline Vukich

Altos:

  • Jourdan Covington
  • Jordon Dixon
  • Carla Reyes
  • Nashara Rodas
  • Allison Rodriguez
  • Fekir Samson
  • Naomi Thayer

Tenors:

  • Bennett Leavitt
  • Drew McKenna
Menstrual Equity Initiative

The Fairfax County School Board approved a menstrual equity initiative on September 12, 2019. This initiative provides for the provision of unobstructed access to feminine hygiene products to students, as it relates to equity and attendance. Our school was selected to pilot this program for SY 2019-2020. FCPS will be utilizing either plastic bins or wall-mounted dispensers which will be placed in an accessible location within selected girls’ restrooms. Sanitary pads will be distributed and replenished daily by custodial staff.

Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13

Save the Date! The Holmes MS book fair will begin on December 2nd! Students will have a chance to visit during the school day with their English classes and the book fair will be open for most of the evening performances through December 13th. 

The book fair is a great opportunity to help support the library, every dollar spent helps the library earn funds to purchase more books. Support the library and knock out some of that holiday shopping!

All forms of payment are accepted. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please email Ms. Haywood

HMS Theatre Presents: Annie, Jr.! - 12/5-12/7 SCA Winter Dance - 12/18

We are excited for our SCA Winter Dance coming up in December!  This is another great opportunity for us to celebrate our students' positive behavior!  Students who have demonstrated good attendance and behavior in November and December will be eligible to purchase tickets for this dance.  

We are looking for chaperone volunteers for the dance.  If you would like to sign-up to volunteer please do so by clicking here.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Cho or Ms. Aiello.

National Junior Honor Society “NJHS”

National Junior Honor Society “NJHS” is an organization of the world’s highest achieving middle level students... a distinction students have been proudly adding to their résumés since 1929. There is only one National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), and it provides an outstanding opportunity for students to grow with academically accomplished peers who are sharpening the habits needed for success in high school and beyond. Membership is determined based on scholarship, citizenship, character, leadership, and service.

Application is by invitation only. Holmes will receive a cumulative GPA report at the end of November. Students whose GPAs meet the minimum requirement, and who do not have a record of disciplinary infractions, will be invited to an information session during the school day on December 17, 2019.

The online application process for students includes:

  • Cumulative GPA average over 3.5
  • demonstrated leadership skills/activities
  • 10+ verified community service hours (in x2Vol)
  • a statement of intent/essay
  • two teacher recommendations (one required from a core subject)

 

Students invited to attend the information session will receive an email invitation from the Principal letting them know. We will have a short presentation, and take a few minutes for Q&A. The timeline for applications will be discussed. We ask that students, not parents, complete the application.

 

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Important Dates
  • Fri., 11/22, SOAR Time - Quarter 1 Honor Roll Celebration (Only Staff and Students Attend)
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Mon., 12/2 - Fri., 12/13 - Holmes MS Book Fair
  • Tues., 12/3, 7 pm - Winter Band Concert
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Thurs., 12/5-Sat. 12/7, 7 pm - Holmes Theater Department presents Annie, Jr.!
  • Thurs., 12/12, 7 pm - Winter Chorus Concert
  • Tues., 12/17, 7 pm - Winter Orchestra Concert
  • Wed., 12/18 - Afterschool - SCA Winter Dance
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

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Principal's Note

Good evening & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Thank you to our Student Services team for a series of meaningful lessons around mental health and wellness through History 7 classes last week!  And a big thank you to all of our Social Studies teachers for not only hosting the Student Services team in their classes for SOS lessons but also for administering the Fairfax County Youth Survey, which gives us valuable information to help us support our students. 

 

International Baccalaureate Middle Years Program (IBMYP) Evaluation Visit This Week!

This week is a big week for us at Holmes as well as at Poe Middle School at Annandale High School.  Every 5 years, our IB programs (Middle Years and Diploma Programs) are evaluated by the IB Organization and provide commendations and recommendations around our work.  The evaluation team will spend a full day at Annandale High School tomorrow (Mon., 11/18), a full day at Holmes on Tuesday, and a full day at Poe on Wednesday.  The team will have the opportunity to talk to students, teachers, parents, and will even meet with members of our School Board and FCPS Leadership Team.  We are excited to show how we continue to grow and develop our IB program at Holmes.  Thank you in advance to all of our staff, students, and parents who will be talking with the team, and a very special thank you to our IB coordinator, Donna Starace, for preparing for this visit!  There is quite a bit of work that is done behind the scenes.  

 

 

Next Holmes PTA Dine-Out Night Fundraiser: Noodles World Kitchen Tomorrow Night (Mon., 11/18)!

See details in the flyer below...just mention Holmes Middle School!

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed November 27-29 for Thanksgiving Break
  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Congratulations to Holmes MS Students Accepted into District Orchestra!!
  • Parents: Be on the Lookout for Printed Report Cards; Grades Also Available Online

  • MakerMonday - 11/18
  • Holmes MS Annual Food Drive Ends This Week!
  • Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13
  • HMS Theatre Presents: Annie, Jr.! - 12/5-12/7
  • SCA Winter Dance - 12/18
  • Guidelines for Joining NJHS
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

Calendar Reminder: Schools Closed November 27-29 for Thanksgiving Break

As a reminder, all schools and offices will be closed November 27-29 for Thanksgiving break. Please note that like last year, Wednesday, November 27, is a holiday. Classes will resume on Monday, December 2. See the complete 2019-20 school year calendar

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 11/18-11/22

This week we have a modified schedule:

Mon., 11/18 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 2, 4th, 6th)

Tues.,11/19 = Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th)

Wed., 11/20 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 3, 4th, 6th)

Thurs.,11/21 =  Blue Day (1st, 3rd, 5th, 7th) 

Fri., 11/22 = White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 4, 4th,  6th)

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 11/18

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

Congratulations to Holmes MS Students Accepted into District Orchestra!!

Students from our area of Virginia (Eastern Fairfax County, Alexandria City, and parts of Arlington County) in grades 7-9 auditioned for a chance to perform in the VBODA District X Jr Orchestra. Students who successfully audition spend three days in January working with a guest conductor preparing four advanced pieces of music for a performance.

As always, Holmes students were well represented! Out of over 170 7-9th graders, the following Holmes orchestra students received high enough scores to be accepted into this ensemble:

Brock Bartunek (alternate)
Madina Fayzieva
Melanie Lam
Ngan Luu (alternate)
Nadia Mautawalli
Colin McGee
Bridget Murray
Gelila Solomon

This is a BIG accomplishment!

Parents: Be on the Lookout for Printed Report Cards; Grades Also Available Online

If you haven’t received your child’s printed report card yet, you should be receiving it very soon. Report cards were mailed out on Friday, November 8th. 

Please note: Progress reports and report cards are also available online by using your Student Information System (SIS) Parent Account.

If you don’t already have a SIS Parent Account, information on how to register for one is available online.

MakerMonday - 11/18

Join us for MakerMonday as we combine our love of science with our love of Harry Potter! We'll be making light up wands, using the same technology we used when we created light cards. All students are welcome, no sign up needed. 

We had a wonderful first quarter in the after-school program!  Click here to see what we have been up to.

Holmes MS Annual Food Drive Ends This Week!

The Holmes MS Annual Food Drive has officially started!  Students can turn in non-perishable food items (rice, flour, pasta, peanut butter, canned foods, etc) to their SOAR teacher from now until November 22nd.  If students donate three food items and complete a reflection, they can receive one hour of service learning.

Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13

Save the Date! The Holmes MS book fair will begin on December 2nd! Students will have a chance to visit during the school day with their English classes and the book fair will be open for most of the evening performances through December 13th. 

The book fair is a great opportunity to help support the library, every dollar spent helps the library earn funds to purchase more books. Support the library and knock out some of that holiday shopping!

All forms of payment are accepted. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please email Ms. Haywood

HMS Theatre Presents: Annie, Jr.! - 12/5-12/7 SCA Winter Dance - 12/18

We are excited for our SCA Winter Dance coming up in December!  This is another great opportunity for us to celebrate our students' positive behavior!  Students who have demonstrated good attendance and behavior in November and December will be eligible to purchase tickets for this dance.  

We are looking for chaperone volunteers for the dance.  If you would like to sign-up to volunteer please do so by clicking here.  If you have questions, please contact Mr. Cho or Ms. Aiello.

Guidelines for Joining NJHS

7th and 8th Grade students interested in joining NJHS this year, please see complete details on the school website here.  Please also note the following dates:

  • End of November: GPA reports distributed from FCPS
  • December 17: information session for students during ER4
  • December 19 and January 6: application help sessions for students after school

January 8, 2020: online applications due by 4:00 pm (10 service hours verified through x2vol due at this time)

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Important Dates
  • Mon., 11/18 - 4-8 pm - PTA Dine-Out Night Fundraiser: Noodles World Kitchen
  • Mon., 11/18 - Wed., 11/20 - 5-year International Baccalaureate Re-evaluation Visit (Annandale HS, Holmes MS, Poe MS)
  • Fri., 11/22, SOAR Time - Quarter 1 Honor Roll Celebration (Only Staff and Students Attend)
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Mon., 12/2 - Fri., 12/13 - Holmes MS Book Fair
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Thurs., 12/5-Sat. 12/7, 7 pm - Holmes Theater Department presents Annie, Jr.!
  • Wed., 12/18 - Afterschool - SCA Winter Dance
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

Holmes MS Weekly Update - 11/10/19

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Regular School Day on Monday, November 11th

Monday, November 11th  is a regular school day.  We  honor and remember those who served our country.

Principal's Note

Good afternoon & Happy Sunday, Holmes Families!

Thank you to all of our families who attended mini-Conferences this past Tuesday morning!  This was our first year holding mini-conferences in the morning; email me and let me know your feedback about your experience at mini-conferences and how we could improve it for next year!

 

Attendance Reminders

As we begin the 2nd quarter, I'd just like to share a few reminders about school attendance.  If needed, the FCPS calendar can be accessed HERE.  Each week, an attendance team made up of our counselors and administrators here at Holmes meet to review attendance for students.  As required by the state of Virginia and Fairfax County Public Schools, we meet to determine what interventions may be needed for students who frequently miss school due to excused or unexcused absences.  As part of those interventions, we send letters home to notify parents/guardians when their student has exceeded a certain number of excused or unexcused absences.  If you receive a letter like this at some point during the year, feel free to contact your child's counselor or assistant principal with any questions that you have.  

  • Just a few missed days here and there, even if they are excused absences, can add up to too much lost learning time and put your child behind in school.  
  • Please remember, November 27th-29th is a school holiday. We are eager to welcome your children back in school on December 2nd.

HOW CAN YOU HELP YOUR CHILD OR TEEN HAVE GOOD ATTENDANCE?

  • Talk about the importance of showing up to school every day, make that the expectation.
  • Help your child maintain daily routines, such as finishing homework and getting a good night’s sleep.
  • Try not to schedule dental and medical appointments during the school day.
  • Don’t let your child stay home unless truly sick. Complaints of headaches or stomach aches may be signs of anxiety.
  • Find out if your child feels engaged by his classes and feels safe from bullies and other threats. Make sure he or she is not missing class because of behavioral issues and school discipline policies. If any of these are problems, work with your school.
  • Stay on top of academic progress and seek help from teachers or tutors if necessary. Make sure teachers know how to contact you.
  • Stay on top of your child’s social contacts. Peer pressure can lead to skipping school, while students without many friends can feel isolated.
  • Encourage meaningful afterschool activities, including sports and clubs.

COMMUNICATE WITH THE SCHOOL

  • Know the school’s attendance policy–incentives and penalities
  • Talk to teachers if you notice sudden changes in behavior. These could be tied to something going on at school.
  • Check on your child’s attendance to be sure absences are not piling up.
  • Ask for help from school officials, afterschool programs, other parents or community agencies if you’re having trouble getting your child to school
  • Looking ahead to the holiday season, if missing school is unavoidable, talk to your children’s teachers in advance to create a plan for making up missed work.  But remember, a homework packet cannot make up for the interaction and learning that goes on in the classroom.

 

 

Modified Schedule this week: Signs of Suicide (SOS) Lessons through 7th Grade History - Nov. 11th-14th

This week, our counselors will be conducting SOS lessons through 7th grade History classes.  In order to ensure that we can respond promptly to concerns that arise as a result of these lessons, we will change the order of classes on some days (scroll down to see this week's schedule).

As you may know, anxiety and depression are all too common in our youth today.  Educating them about the signs of depression, and on steps they can take for themselves and/or their friends to get help is critical to healthy development and overall wellness. The SOS Program includes both a video and a Wellness Screening.  The psychoeducational video is child-sensitive, with language and images that are developmentally appropriate.  The characters in the video portray what a child might go thorough when suffering from depression, how it differs from sadness, and how they know when to seek help.  It also coaches students on when to seek help if a friend is exhibiting these behaviors using the acronym ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell).  The Wellness Screening used for FCPS in a short survey in which students will check off “yes” or “no” to questions about themselves.

Parents/guardians had various opportunities to view the “Time to ACT” video and ask questions about the wellness screening during Mini Conferences this past week.

We also encourage you to visit www.sossignsofsuicide.org/parent for information on warning signs and risk factors for youth suicide, to access useful resources, and to learn more about the key message all students will learn: ACT (Acknowledge, Care, Tell). You can preview the video your student will watch and take an anonymous online mental health screening on behalf of your child. 

If you have any questions about the screening, please feel free to contact your child’s counselor. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the SOS Program, please indicate this on the permission slip (which will be mailed home the week of October 15th) and return it to Mrs. Girón, Director of Student Services. 

Informacion en Espanol: https://sossignsofsuicide.org/sites/default/files/2019-06/Spanish%20Parent%20Newsletter%20MW.pdf

 

In today's newsletter, scroll down for information about:

  • FCPS CARES
  • This Week's Schedule
  • After-School Program
  • Lunch Bunch
  • MakerMonday - 11/11
  • Next PTA Dine-Out Night Fundraiser: Noodles World Kitchen on 11/18
  • Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13
  • Weekly Progress Reports
  • Holmes MS Annual Food Drive
  • Guidelines for Joining NJHS
  • 8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads
  • Important Dates
  • 2019-20 Family Engagement Events
  • How to Stay in Touch

Thanks, everyone, and have a wonderful week!  Please feel free to reach out to me or anyone on my team with any questions you have!

 

Sincerely,

Margaret Barnes

Proud Principal, Holmes MS

mfbarnes@fcps.edu

#SoarTogether

FCPS Cares

Do you know a Holmes Middle School staff member who does ordinary things in an extraordinary way or goes beyond what is expected? If so, then click here to submit your story so we can all acknowledge the good work of Holmes faculty and staff members.

This Week's Schedule of Classes: 11/11-11/15

This week we have a modified schedule:

Mon., 11/11 = Blue Day (1st, 7th, 5th, 3rd)

Tues.,11/12 = White Day (2nd, 6th, 4th, SOAR, ER 7)

Wed., 11/13 = Blue Day (1st, 7th, 5th, 3rd)

Thurs.,11/14 =  White Day (2nd, SOAR, ER 1, 4th, 6th)

Fri., 11/15 = Blue Day (7th, 3rd, 5th, 1st) 

 *NOTE: Students can always find the blue-white calendar in their agendas or on the school website HERE

After-School Program - Week of 11/11

During the school year, a weekly schedule of activities that will be held during the After School Program will be posted.  

  • Late buses are on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays.  Students must be picked up by parents/guardians if they stay on Tuesdays or Fridays.  
  • NOTE: There are only 6 late buses, so students' late bus assignments and stops are usually different than their regular bus. 

For any specific questions related to the After School Program or to share new ideas for after school activities, please feel free to contact Ms. Taylor, our After School Program Specialist.

After School Program End of First Quarter Report

We had a wonderful first quarter in the after-school program!  Click here to see what we have been up to.

LUNCH BUNCH

Each month, I invite students to join me for lunch to talk about whatever is on their minds, and I always get lots of great feedback and ideas for the After School Program.  It is always a lot of fun!  Students can sign up HERE to express their interest, and the sign-up is also available on their grade-level Google Classroom. The next one is on Friday, November 15th. 

MakerMonday - 11/11

On Monday, Nov 11th, the library's MakerMonday will be learning how to crochet with special guest instructors. Come learn how to crochet - all supplies and instruction provided! Already know how to crochet? Come join us to show off your skills and help others learn. No sign up needed, just report to the cafeteria and Ms. Haywood will dismiss you to the library. 

Next Holmes PTA Dine-Out Night Fundraiser: Noodles World Kitchen on November 18th! Holmes MS Book Fair - 12/2 - 12/13

Save the Date! The Holmes MS book fair will begin on December 2nd! Students will have a chance to visit during the school day with their English classes and the book fair will be open for most of the evening performances through December 13th. 

The book fair is a great opportunity to help support the library, every dollar spent helps the library earn funds to purchase more books. Support the library and knock out some of that holiday shopping!

All forms of payment are accepted. If you have questions or would like to volunteer please email Ms. Haywood

Activating Weekly Progress Reports in ParentVUE

All parents/guardians of Middle School and High School students who have registered for a SIS ParentVUE Account and have a primary email address recorded in SIS ParentVUE can receive Weekly Progress Reports via email. This report provides a summary of your student(s) grades for the current quarter. To activate the Weekly Progress Reports via email, login to your SIS ParentVUE Account and first verify that you have a primary email address within the system. It is listed under the “My Account” tab. If it is blank, enter the email address where you would like to receive the progress reports and click on update account. Once confirmed, parents/guardians are able to activate and select their preferences for receiving these reports within the SIS ParentVUE “My Account” tab.

Weekly progress reports for all of your Middle and High School students will be included in one email. FCPS Elementary Schools do not use the SIS grade book and therefore are not included in these reports. 

For questions about a specific progress report or grade you can login into your SIS ParentVUE Account to find detailed grade book information. Additionally, your student’s teacher is always the best resource to answer any grade book questions that you may have.
Weekly Progress Report Parent Quick Reference Guide

Guidelines for Joining NJHS

7th and 8th Grade students interested in joining NJHS this year, please see complete details on the school website here.  Please also note the following dates:

  • End of November: GPA reports distributed from FCPS
  • December 17: information session for students during ER4
  • December 19 and January 6: application help sessions for students after school

January 8, 2020: online applications due by 4:00 pm (10 service hours verified through x2vol due at this time)

Holmes MS Annual Food Drive

The Holmes MS Annual Food Drive has officially started!  Students can turn in non-perishable food items (rice, flour, pasta, peanut butter, canned foods, etc) to their SOAR teacher from now until November 22nd.  If students donate three food items and complete a reflection, they can receive one hour of service learning.

8th Grade Personal Yearbook Ads

Introducing... 8th Grade Personal Ads

The yearbook staff wants to offer you the opportunity to honor your eighth grader as they move up to

high school. Surprise your student with a personal ad in the yearbook. These special messages can

be from parents, grandparents, siblings or even pets. You may purchase more than one ad; however,

please submit a separate form for each ad. Each ad will be the size shown below. Ads cost $15 each and is due Friday, February 28, 2020.

Important Dates
  • Mon., 11/11-Thur., 11/14 - Signs of Suicide lessons through 7th grade History classes (See modified bell schedule above)
  • Fri., 11/15, LUNCH BUNCH with Mrs. Barnes
  • Mon., 11/18-Wed., 11/20 - 5-year International Baccalaureate Re-evaluation Visit (Annandale HS, Holmes MS, Poe MS)
  • Fri., 11/22, SOAR Time - Quarter 1 Honor Roll Celebration (Only Staff and Students Attend)
  • Wed., 11/27 - Fri., 11/29 - Thanksgiving Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL
  • Mon., 12/2 - Fri., 12/13 - Holmes MS Book Fair
  • Wed., 12/4 - 9-10 am - Parent Coffee  - Theme: Student Mental Wellness and Resiliency
  • Mon., 12/23 - Fri., 1/3 - Winter Vacation - NO SCHOOL
2019-20 Family Engagement Events How to Stay In-Touch

Please stay in touch with us throughout the year by:

6525 Montrose St., Alexandria, VA 22312  | Main: 703.658.5900
Attendance: 703.658.5919  |  Web | Twitter

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